Bynum: Lakers have 'trust issues'

Updated: May 6, 2011, 12:29 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Not only is Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum not surprised to see the Lakers down 2-0 to the Dallas Mavericks in their Western Conference semifinal, but he believes the Lakers' problems are "deeply rooted" and they have to overcome "trust issues" with each other.

An irritated Bynum vented for six minutes in front of his locker after the Lakers' 93-81 loss to the Mavericks and said the team has plenty of work to do off the court to dig itself out of the hole it is currently in.

"It's deeply rooted at this point," Bynum said of the team's problems. "It's obvious we have trust issues. Unless we come out and discuss it, then nothing is going to really change. We have to come in and have a good session [Thursday], which I believe we will, and correct things. If not, we'll go home."

Bynum's "trust issues" stem from his teammates' inability to communicate with one another on the court and help each other out defensively. Bynum was often seen yelling and signaling to his teammates to talk during the game.

"I think it's quite obvious for anyone who is watching the games," Bynum said. "There's hesitation on passes, defensively not being there for your teammate because he wasn't there for you before, stuff like that."

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he understood what Bynum meant after the game.

"I think the trust that he's referring to is being able to help each other on the defensive end of the floor," Bryant said. "You saw a lot of layups. He gets frustrated when he supports a guard coming off a screen-and-roll and nobody supports him."

Bynum agreed with Bryant and said when his teammates stopped helping him defensively, he stopped helping them.

"With the trust issue, everything broke down," Bynum said. "I stopped helping my teammates because my guys kept getting lobs and easy plays, so I succumbed to not helping my teammates, so that's something I can easily fix."

Bynum said this is a problem that has plagued the Lakers all season, but the team will have to properly address it before Friday's Game 3 and rectify it if they have a chance of defeating the Mavericks.

"If we go to the root of what's really hurting us and not candy-coat things and not talk around issues, then we'll be fine. If not, then we won't," Bynum said. "I think we've addressed them before, but now is the time to really sit down and ask yourself the tough questions."

Arash Markazi

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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